Willie McCoy or “Willie Bo” was fatally shot while asleep in his car
The 21-year old young man was fatally shot by the police in Vallejo, California after finding him asleep in a car near a Taco Bell drive-through lane.
Allegedly, it has been stated that McCoy had a handgun in his lap. However, now McCoy’s family are questioning the circumstances surrounding their loved ones death.
An employee of the restaurant called authorities after noticing a figure slumped over in the drivers seat of a Mercedes Benz. By the time authorities had arrived to access the situation, the driver suddenly moved, police said.
“The officer told the driver to keep his hands visible, however the driver quickly reached for the handgun on his lap…In fear for their own safety, the officer discharged their weapons at the driver.”
Even further, it has also been reported that McCoy’s semiautomatic handgun discovered on the scene had been reported stolen in Oregon.
This whole ordeal is quite interesting as the story unfolds. How six fully-able police officers were “threatened” or developed a sense of “fear” from one individual that was just sleep, has left an ill taste in the mouth of California natives.
Unfortunately, this tale has a similarity in the unveiling of the untimely death of Demouria Hogg, whom Oakland officers found passed out behind the wheel of his car in 2015.
When Hogg abruptly woke up and allegedly reached for his firearm, an officer fired her gun twice and killed him.
Hogg’s family was awarded a $1.2 million settlement with the city.
No amount of money can replace the life of a lost loved one.